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How can I be less allergic?!

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Doitforfree, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Lead commenter

    Over the last few years I've gone from getting mild hayfever in the summer to being wildly allergic to air fresheners, flowers and artificial perfumes of all kinds. I'm taking anti-histamines all the time now but still getting episodes of allergic symptoms which for me is sneezing, sore throats and croakiness leading to sinus infections that last for weeks. Can I do anything to help myself? It doesn't help that more and more people use plug in air fresheners (I can tell as soon as I enter a room whether there is one. Sometimes I discreetly look for it and 'disable it'!) and lots of public loos have those ones on the wall that keep puffing out their horrid smells into the air. I have to try not to breathe while I'm in there!Any good suggestions out there?
     
  2. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Lead commenter

    Over the last few years I've gone from getting mild hayfever in the summer to being wildly allergic to air fresheners, flowers and artificial perfumes of all kinds. I'm taking anti-histamines all the time now but still getting episodes of allergic symptoms which for me is sneezing, sore throats and croakiness leading to sinus infections that last for weeks. Can I do anything to help myself? It doesn't help that more and more people use plug in air fresheners (I can tell as soon as I enter a room whether there is one. Sometimes I discreetly look for it and 'disable it'!) and lots of public loos have those ones on the wall that keep puffing out their horrid smells into the air. I have to try not to breathe while I'm in there!Any good suggestions out there?
     
  3. Poor you! I think you should ask your GP for a referral to an allergy/immunity specialist. They should be able to help you ... you may need more meds than simple antihistamines.

    One word of encouragement ... allergies like this tend to improve as you get older ... my hay fever certainly did.
     
  4. chubbyone

    chubbyone New commenter

    I agree with previous post and get referred to the GP and a specialist. Also not want to sound funny but if air fresheners etc in the workplace I.e. School really they should not be used surely? It might just be my workplace but they are not allowed. We have some particularly smelly children as do all schools and I have asked about them and been told not allowed due to allergies etc with the children.
    Going back to you though definitely go to the doctors and get his/her advice and get referred. Font know whether it's an old wives tale but my grandad bless him suddenly got hay fever at the age of 70 and was told that it can come in cycles of 7 years? Whether coincidence but 7 years later it was a lot better. In this day and age no one needs to suffer. Good look and hope you get some help soon. :)
     
  5. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Lead commenter

    The school where my son has music centre has those squirty air fresheners in the loos and I have to take a deep breath before I go in an endeavour not to breathe while I'm in there! It's really annoying thatI know what sets me off but I can't avoid it because it's something that's becoming more and more common. I wouldn't care so much but they smell as foul as the smells they're supposed to be masking!
    You're right, of course, and I should go back to the doctor, if only to see if there's a better anti-histamine I could try. I find the drowsy ones work much better but I'm completely knocked out by them, even the ones that don't make most people drowsy!
     

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